Sognsveien 68 (map)
In May 2005 the Norwegian government signed an agreement to contribute troops to the European Union’s so-called battle groups. These are integrated military forces that are at the disposal of the European Union for a period of 6 months at a time. How can we account for such a decision to provide a permanent military contribution to an integrated force that stands at the disposal of a Union that Norway is not part of?
Hva er drivkreftene bak konstitusjonell endring, og hvordan plasserer norsk grunnlovsdebatt og manglende reform seg i et europeisk perspektiv? Denne artikkelen gir en vurdering av disse spørsmålene, med grunnlag i observasjonen at Norge ofte har ligget etter europeiske kolleger i konstitusjonell reform.
This paper discusses Norwegian constitutional reform (or the lack thereof) in a comparative European context, questioning why and to what extent Norway has been lagging behind European colleagues in reforming the constitution. The paper is in Norwegian.
ARENA Working Paper 13/2002 (html)
Johan P. Olsen
The paper discusses the effects of European integration on national administrations. Focusing on the Nordic countries, it is found that both an intergovernmental and an organizational perspective have something to contribute to our understanding of Europeanization.
In this paper, based on a large-N elite survey among Norwegian agency officials, the authors show that agency autonomy, agency influence and inter-institutional coordination seem to be relatively unaffected by agency site.
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal
How does the EU's organisational structure affect its impact on domestic governments? This paper investigates Council and Commission influence on national governance. By empirical data from Norway and Sweden it is shown that while the Council consolidates administrative hierarchies, the Commission disrupts such traditional structures by by-passing them.
Torbjörn Larsson and Jarle Trondal
Drawing on fresh empirical data, this paper accounts for the inter-penetration between the European Commission and national regulatory agencies. Focusing on the environmental domain, a comparative Nordic analysis shows that integration differs, in part due to organizational features and administrative culture.
This paper takes as object of study a defining period of Norway's relations to the EU, from 1959, when EFTA was established, to 1962, when Britain's first application for EC membership was vetoed by de Gaulle. It is argued here that EFTA represented an ideal solution for Norway in downplaying political tensions and cleavages in Norway. The option of EC membership, meanwhile, did not acquire any similar policy consensus.
ARENA Working Paper 25/1998 (html)
Hans Otto Frøland
This paper investigates the dynamics of national officials involved in EU committee work. Drawing on organizational theory it is argued that the co-ordinative role of foreign ministries depends crucially on the framing of interaction in Brussels.
ARENA Working Paper 32/1999 (html)
What are the organisational logics underpinning relations between the national level and the EU? This paper illuminates EU-nation-state dynamics by contrasting the EEA affiliation of Norway to full-fledged membership membership. Where the latter is characterised by equilibrium between sectoral and territorial concerns (Commission vs. Council), the Norwegian case is somewhat different.
ARENA Working Paper 21/1997 (html)
Morten Egeberg and Jarle Trondal
This paper discusses the potential of EMU in resolving economic stagnation in Europe; more directly, it questions whether tenets of Scandinavian social democracy may have something to offer to Europe in search of a sort of progressive consensus.
ARENA Working Paper 10/1997 (html)